Many people suffer from a condition commonly known by the name “whiplash injury”. This condition is caused by a sudden acceleration/deceleration of force; the head and neck are hyper extended when whipped backward and immediately following, the head and neck are thrown forward and hyper flexed. This motion is usually caused by car accidents, falls, horseback riding, snowboarding, skiing, and contact sports. Following such an incident, the muscles and many other structures of the neck are sometimes left damaged. The symptoms involved with this condition include pain in the neck, shoulder, back, jaw and/or arm; headaches, dizziness, and weakness are common as well.
Often, the pain from whiplash injury doesn’t start until hours or even days after. But once it arrives, it can partner with other strange symptoms, including dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, insomnia, the loss of concentration, fatigability, memory loss, jaw pain, chest pain and even fever. The combination of any of these symptoms with a known whiplash injury is called whiplash associated disorder.
The trauma caused by whiplash injury can be very elusive. Consequently, it is not uncommon for X-Rays, MRIs, and CAT scans to not show the source of the problem. In order to properly treat whiplash, it is important to understand the progression of a patient’s symptoms. The multiple factors revolving around the injury make management of the pain highly variable from patient to patient. Our physicians will listen closely to the patient and may also rely on advanced minimally invasive spinal interventions to locate the exact source of the pain. Once the source has been determined they can develop an appropriate treatment plan. Nerve blocks under imaging guidance are a specific interventional technique that aid in both the identification of the pain source and its subsequent treatment.
Evaluation and treatment of all whiplash related pain is recommended as soon as symptoms appear. If the condition is ignored, whiplash pain has the potential to become chronic.
If you or a loved one is suffering from whiplash injury, contact Spine Pain Diagnostics Associates today. We have over 45 years of combined experience in treating whiplash injuries and can help you find relief from your lingering pain. Don’t continue suffering and masking your pain with pain medications, let the physicians at Spine Pain Diagnostics Associates treat it at the source so you can get back to enjoying life.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, you can visit our website at www.paindiagnostics.net or call us 1-888-PAIN.DRS. In most cases, no referral is necessary and we accept most major insurances.
Angelie Singh, MD, MPH, MS